3 Ingredient Garlic Dough Balls: Quick & Easy Snack Recipe

If you’re looking for something quick and easy to make for your kids after school, these dough balls are perfect. You can whip them up in just a few minutes with only 3 ingredients.

It’s easy enough for kids to make if they would like to help, or you can quickly throw it together in time for the school run. You will need just 5 minutes to make the dough and they will oven bake in 15 minutes tops.

Easy three ingredient garlic dough balls recipe, to make dough balls without yeast

We made our Garlic dough balls using just flour, yoghurt and Cannamela powdered garlic.

easy two ingredient dough recipe

Cannamela herbs and spices are part of the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli range at Ocado. The flavour and taste with this brand of powdered garlic is great and very authentic. Our kitchen smelled amazing while baking these delicious garlicky and flavourful dough balls.

Ciao Gusto Product Range

Before we get on to our quick and easy snack recipe for today, let me walk you through the products available within Ciao Gusto at Ocado.

Picking up all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink has never been easier with the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado.  
For the first time, a simple tab brings together over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for – and discover new and exciting ingredients – in just one click. 
You’ll be familiar with many products, such as Riso Gallo, Filippo Berio, Giovanni Rana and Cirio who are joined by products less well known in the UK such as Valsoia dairy free ice cream, Auricchio cheeses and Negroni charcuterie – everything you’ll find at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli has been specially selected for its reputation as an authentic Italian favourite.

cannamela garlic powder aglio macinato

The Ciao Gusto Cannamela herbs and spices range includes:

Organic Oregano from Sicily ANY 3 FOR £4
Organic Hot Chili Pepper from Calabria ANY 3 FOR £4
Organic Rosemary from Sicily ANY 3 FOR £4
Cannamela Oregano Leaves SAVE 20%
Cannamela Ground Cinnamon SAVE 20%
Cannamela Mild Paprika SAVE 20%
Cannamela Black Pepper Grains SAVE 20%
Cannamela Saffron Jar 0.3g SAVE 20%
Cannamela Garlic Powder (100 GR) SAVE 20%
Saffron (50×10) SAVE 20%

Now… on to the recipe!

3 Ingredient Garlic Dough Balls Recipe

This is the easiest garlic dough balls recipe that you will find. This recipe makes simple garlic dough balls without yeast and without garlic butter so they are also less messy for younger kids to eat as a snack, and are perfect to take on the go.

Maybe you need to jump into the car and rush to after school clubs and activities? These dough balls are ideal to grab and go.


To make this super simple snack recipe all you need is

  • Self raising flour – 200g
  • Plain yoghurt – 200g
  • Garlic powder – to taste (we used around 20g, or a good few generous shakes)

Optionally you can also include grated cheese, of your favourite type, and some additional herbs if you would like.

We added grated medium cheddar to some of our garlic dough balls to make them cheesy garlic dough balls and others we left plain.

For the yoghurt, you can use fat free yoghurt, or full fat yoghurt. Either way will work just fine, so it depends on your dietary preferences.

You can adjust the quantities just keep equal parts flour to yoghurt, and add more flour if needed for consistency. Use a little extra flour to dust the table for dough kneading and rolling.


Pre-heat your oven to around 190 degrees / Gas mark 5 (adjust based on your individual oven’s performance as needed)

In a bowl, mix your yoghurt and flour until they star to form a dough consistency, then add some garlic powder and keep mixing.

how to make 2 ingredient dough

Once your dough is starting to come together, dust the table with flour and place your dough on the table to knead it and roll it to get the perfect dough consistency.

How to tell if your dough is fully kneaded? It should smooth out and not stick to your hands as you are kneading. If the dough is slightly sticky and sticks to your hands, add a little more flour.

kneading dough example of dough consistency

Once your dough is ready just break apart and roll into smaller dough balls then you are ready to put them in the oven.

We used a muffin tray to keep each dough ball separate. You can also make them on a flat oven tray, just leave some space between each one.

dough balls in a muffin tray

You do not necessarily need to oil or grease the tray – We did not, and had no issues with the dough balls sticking. You can line the tray with parchment paper if you would like to.

baking garlic dough balls in the oven

It will take around 10 – 15 minutes for the dough balls to bake fully.

3 ingredient garlic dough balls with garlic powder
Your after school snack is ready!

These dough balls were a hit with all the family, and perfect to keep after school hunger pangs under control until dinner time.

after school snack garlic dough balls

This recipe makes 12 large dough balls which was enough with 4 hungry kids. If you make more, they also keep well in an airtight container.

Serving Suggestions

Dough balls are great for dipping into pizza sauce or just eating on their own. These 3 ingredient garlic dough balls work great as an after school snack but can also be used as a side dish or accompaniment for dinner.

Here are a few simple recipes that work well together with the garlic dough balls to turn this quick and easy snack into a full family dinner. They go great as a side to pasta recipes, pizza or even with a quick soup recipe

Give these a try today!

Easy 3 ingredient garlic dough ball recipe without yeast

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